Home Again

It’s with a sigh of relief that I can say we’re finally home in Vermont. Though the trip out to Indiana ran over 800 miles, the trip home topped 950 miles due to the IKEA and Barnes and Noble detours. After spending so much time on the road, I wanted to jot down a few thoughts.

Since we’ve eaten many meals on the road and did not have time to shop prior to hitting the road, I’ve realized that most rest stops have highly processed, packaged foods that made Julie and I feel sick more than once and created tremendous amounts of trash. Every cup of coffee or iced tea was something else to throw out, as well as the snack mix from gas stations or any kind of fast food.

After eating lots of fruit and veggies from local farms over the past few months, I noticed a huge difference in my body’s reaction to food on the road. I could hardly even look at soda, and pretzels were just about the only thing I could find to nibble on in most gas stations. The amount of trash we typically create at home is negligible when we’re only tossing our purchases into a canvas bag, rather than tossing every blessed scrap of wrapping from processed food.

One rest stop in New York state had a farm stand where we stocked up on fruit. I had just paid $2 for the lousy Starbucks coffee in one hand, and then paid $1.67 for the two plums and one orange in my other hand. I felt so stupid.

My plans for now include eating salad and whatever else we can find around the house. I don’t think I can stand looking at a bag of chex mix for a while.